The German Minister of Health supports the EU‘s proposal to restrict the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday because AstraZeneca and Pfizer suddenly experienced tensions in short supply just one month after the group started vaccinating citizens.
Frustrated by the delivery delay of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and other supply issues, the EU proposed to establish a vaccine export register. Health Minister Jens Spahn told ZDF TV: “I know there is a production problem, but it must affect everyone in the same way.”
He said: “This is not about Europe first, but about Europe’s fair share.” Therefore, it makes sense to impose restrictions on vaccine exports.
In addition, the minister’s spokesperson, together with AstraZeneca, rejected two German newspapers’ reports that the British drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine was less effective for the elderly.
Spann said he expects European authorities to approve a third vaccine against COVID-19 on Friday.